Applicants with a B.A. in Portuguese or Spanish must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and a GPA in Portuguese or Spanish courses of at least 3.25. Exceptions to these requirements may be made by the Admissions Committee.
During the registration period, the student will be asked to supply supplementary information regarding courses taken previously, experience abroad, scope of readings in Portuguese and Brazilian literatures, and preparation in linguistics.
All candidates will take an examination for written proficiency. An unsatisfactory performance in the written examination will require the student to take Portuguese 311 (Fourth-Year Composition and Conversation). Any student who receives a grade of less than A in Portuguese 311 will be required to take Portuguese 312. Candidates who are not native speakers of Portuguese will take an examination for oral proficiency. Any student achieving a grade-point average of less than 3.0 in the first semester in residence will be placed on probation. If after the second semester of studies the cumulative grade-point average is not 3.0, the student is not eligible to continue in the program.
Each candidate will confer with the general adviser. The student and the adviser will plan a program that takes into account the candidate's interests, strengths and deficiencies. If, for example, the student has a strong undergraduate background in a particular period of literature, the adviser will not recommend further exposure to the same field. Likewise, a student with extensive experience abroad and/or undergraduate preparation in composition or conversation may not need further study in these areas.
Candidates who expect to go on to the Doctorate are urged to acquire the basic reading knowledge of a second foreign language before taking the M.A. examination. It should be another Romance Language, Latin, or German. Other languages may be considered, with the approval of the department.